I gave a speech earlier today:
No, it didn’t take place in a church. I was in the Quaker meeting house at my old school, Friends Seminary
, where I was a student from from 7th through 9th grade. My speech was about baseball, but more specifically, I covered the following topics (upon request from the administration):
1) my blog and how I use it to “market myself”
Here’s a shot that shows a bit more of the room:
See that baseball on the podium? That was the Robinson Cano grand slam ball that I snagged on 9/28/09 at Yankee Stadium
. I needed to have a ball with me, so I decided to bring a special ball that the high-schoolers would appreciate seeing.
Why did I need a ball, you ask?
Check out the following photo. It shows even more of the room:
The red arrow is pointing to the spot in the balcony where I lowered my glove. As you can see, the students seemed to enjoy it:
Moments later, the ball was in my glove. Check out the reaction of the dude in the front row, third from the right:
Big thanks to John Galayda
— Friends Seminary’s Director of Communications — for taking these pics. Here one more that shows me reeling in the ball:
My speech lasted about 35 minutes. Then I read a short section from my new book and spent another 10 minutes taking questions. My publisher had arranged for some copies of last book, Watching Baseball Smarter
, to be on sale, so I stuck around and signed them for the students who were interested.
Good times. It really felt great to be back. It had been 18 years…